Virtual Travel with Umami: Shimane

Two men holding shishito peppersUntil we can all travel again, indulge in the deep history and food culture of Japan's beautiful Shimane prefecture virtually.

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Cooking Japanese Food in Season: September Vegetables

In the month of September, both shiitake mushrooms and eggplant are in season. In Japan, where many dishes feature fresh, in-season ingredients, you can expect to see a wide variety of dishes containing these flavorful and healthy ingredients.

Cooking Japanese Food in Season: October Vegetables

Sweet potatoes and enoki mushrooms are both in season in October in Japan, and will be featured in many Japanese dishes during this time. These vibrant ingredients are also very healthy, and will make a good addition to your regular diet.

Cooking Japanese Food in Season: November Vegetables

The month of November is when apples and spinach are both in season. There are a number of ways to utilize these ingredients in Japanese cuisine. And cooking fresh Japanese meals with these ingredients yields a lot of health benefits and flavor.

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Quick & Easy Recipes

Ogura Toast

Recipe & Video: Ogura Toast

Learn how to make Ogura toast, a Japanese breakfast recipe that is also healthy. Adzuki bean paste is smothered on freshly toasted bread for a sweet and creamy taste that will jump-start your day the right way.

Shio Kombu & Tofu Salad

Recipe & Video: Shio Kombu & Tofu Salad

Ready for the ultimate easy to make nutrition-packed vegetarian meal yet? Then let's make this Shio Kombu tofu salad! This heart-healthy and flavorful salad is a versatile dish that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.

Butter sauteed spinach and egg

Recipe & Video: Butter Sautéed Spinach and Egg

Soy and butter combine to deliver a savory flavor punch you will not soon forget with our easy-to-make authentic Japanese recipe for butter sautéed spinach and egg scramble that you can make from scratch right in your home kitchen.

Zucchini and Tuna Pasta

Recipe & Video: Zucchini and Tuna Pasta

Wafu Pasta is an Italian-influenced Japanese fusion specialty that is popular in Japan but still not widely known in the west. Learn how to create one right here with our easy to follow authentic Japanese food recipe and video.

Tonjiru Pork Soup

Recipe & Video: Tonjiru Pork Soup

Combining flavorful ingredients like pork belly and shiitake mushrooms with classic Japanese seasonings like mirin and dashi, this hearty tonjiru soup will delight friends and family when you whip it up in your home kitchen.

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5 Recipes with Miso Paste

5 Recipes with Miso Paste

You can make much more than miso soup with miso paste. Try our five easy recipes that use miso paste to expand your cooking repertoire. Once you're used to using miso, you can surely apply it to many more recipes.

The People who Make Shimane

People who Make Shimane – 2/3

Shimane has many food products unique and special to its culture and history. From green tea to roses, there is something for everybody. To dig deeper into the food history of the area, meet the people maintaining Shimane's identity.